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Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole to host diversity event

Associated Press Associated Press 7/09/2016 By MARK KENNEDY, Entertainment Writer
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, Salma Hayek poses for photographers at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. Hayek will join other celebrities, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, America Ferrera, Quincy Jones as co-chairs of a two-day Rise Up as One convention on Oct. 14-15 to celebrate diversity and unity. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, Salma Hayek poses for photographers at the British Fashion Awards 2015 in London. Hayek will join other celebrities, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, America Ferrera, Quincy Jones as co-chairs of a two-day Rise Up as One convention on Oct. 14-15 to celebrate diversity and unity. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Celebrities from music, film, fashion, sport and academia — including Samuel L. Jackson, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, America Ferrera, Salma Hayek, Quincy Jones, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan — have signed up to co-chair a two-day convention to celebrate diversity and unity.

The Rise Up as One event, scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at a location still being worked out, will have performances, talks and cultural expositions. A concert on Oct. 15 will be broadcast live on Univision Network and on Fusion.

Other co-chairs for the event include Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Forest Whitaker, Junot Diaz, Nicolas Berggruen, T Bone Burnett, Ximena Caminos, Ava DuVernay, Don Graham, Dr. Henry Jenkins, Mia Maestro, Jonathan Olinger, Eduardo Padron, Residente and Robert Rodriguez.

More details are expected in the coming days.

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Online:

http://www.RiseUpAsOne.com

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